Voters across the European Union are preparing to go to the polls at the end of May for the 2019 European Parliament election. Turnout has been on a downward trend ever since the first ballot 40 years ago, with the perceived complexity of how things work in Brussels one frequently posited explanation. As part of a series outlining the form and functions of the key EU institutions, here we explain the role of the European Commission. What is the European Commission? The European Commission is the politically independent executive body of the European Union. It proposes new European legislation, implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the bloc. Established in 1958, it is based in Brussels – where it has its headquarters at the Berlaymont building in the European Quarter – and Luxembourg, and has offices around the world. It is led by a president and a team (or "college") of … [Read more...] about What does the European Commission do?
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Back story: how NATO emerged from the ashes of WWII The Second World War had been over for roughly a year when former British prime minister Winston Churchill stepped on a podium at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. There he thundered: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent." On March 5, 1946, at this tiny rural college, Churchill announced the dawn of the Cold War. In this now famous Sinews of Peace speech, he also called for the creation of a military force for "the grand pacification of Europe within the structures of the United Nations." Seated not too far from Churchill, then American president Harry S. Truman listened closely. Truman would, a year later, tell the US parliament that he intended to stanch the communist wave halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, and for that he needed to spend money. It quickly became clear though, that money was not enough to stall Soviet advances. Joseph Stalin, communist … [Read more...] about NATO at 70: what does the future hold for the military alliance?
What can affected flyers do? Chris McGinnis Updated 1:29 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Southwest Airlines is waiving change fees and fare differences for those booked on MAX 8 jets like this one Southwest Airlines is waiving change fees and fare differences for those booked on MAX 8 jets like this one Photo: David Koenig / Associated Press Photo: David Koenig / Associated Press Image 1 of / 39 Caption Close Image 1 of 39 Southwest Airlines is waiving change fees and fare differences for those booked on MAX 8 jets like this one Southwest Airlines is waiving change fees and fare differences for those booked on MAX 8 jets like this one Photo: David Koenig / Associated Press What does the Boeing 737 MAX … [Read more...] about What does the Boeing 737 MAX grounding in the US mean for your next trip?
By legalizing hemp, the Farm Bill has created a legal source of CBD. dispensaries.com Published 1:00 pm CST, Thursday, January 10, 2019 Photo: Anatoliy Sizov | Getty Images Photo: Anatoliy Sizov | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Anatoliy Sizov | Getty Images What Does the New Farm Bill Mean For Legal Cannabis? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The Farm Bill signed in December 2018 clears the way for CBD products to become legal nationwide - or, at least, that is the hope of marijuana industry advocates. If that is the way the situation unfolds, it would eliminate the ambiguity that has hung over CBD products since states began legalizing marijuana, starting with … [Read more...] about What Does the New Farm Bill Mean For Legal Cannabis?
Jan 04, 12:59 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Rachel Caufield 01/04/19 AT 12:24 AM Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, was elected Thursday to serve as speaker of the House. It’s her second time in the job, which she held from 2007 to 2011.What does the speaker do?Second in the line of presidential succession after the vice president, the speaker occupies a central role in our national government.Most people think the speakership is a party office. It’s not. The speaker is selected by the full House membership, though the majority party’s voting power ensures that the role is occupied by one of their own.From legislation to accountingThe speaker fills three primary roles.First, they are the most visible and authoritative spokesperson for the majority party in the House. Speakers articulate an agenda and explain legislative action to other Washington officials as well as the … [Read more...] about What Does The Speaker Of The House Do?